The Comparison of Spiritual Well-Being, Tolerance of Ambiguity and Happiness in the Elderly Living in the Home and the Nursing Home

The Comparison of Spiritual Well-Being, Tolerance of Ambiguity and Happiness in the Elderly Living in the Home and the Nursing Home

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POST 1 (Judy)

Many of us equate tolerance and appreciation with respect to patient care to mean the same thing. The basic meaning of tolerance is accepting of one’s practices or behaviors without fully understanding them, while at times, still carrying a level of bias along with it (“Week 11 Lesson,” 2020, p. 15).  Appreciation, on the other hand, refers to the acceptance as well as understanding for one’s beliefs or behaviors, and the willingness to seek out the understanding of those beliefs (“Week 11 Lesson,” 2020, p. 14).

I have recently witnessed appreciation and tolerance in the same patient care situation in two different nurses. We had a mostly Italian speaking patient that was newly admitted from the hospital who needed short term rehabilitation.  Many of these patients come to us frail and are at a high risk for falls. One evening, this particular resident was found in his room, kneeling on the side of his bed.  At first, when the nurse asked him what happened, he did not respond. The nurse assumed he was hurt and quickly called a STAT to his room.  By the time the staff responded and reached his room, he was already back in the his bed. The nurse who found him explained that she stayed with him, and just after she called the STAT, the patient proceeded to get up and put himself back to bed. She stated that she tried to stop him so that she could assess him first but he gestured to her that he was fine and didn’t need help. When he was interviewed by an Italian interpretor, he noted that every night, before he goes to sleep, he kneels over his bed to say his prayers. He has done this every night for as long as he could remember. The nursing supervisor expressed her understanding of the patient’s beliefs and ensured that a care plan was put in place to reflect this practice. The unit nurse did not think it was a good idea because she felt he could easily “hurt himself, and our job is to get him stronger to go home.” The supervisor explained that we must respect his beliefs and allow him the opportunity to practice as he wishes. The unit nurse had to be tolerant of his practice, but it was not without hesitations. The supervisor demonstrated appreciation for his beliefs.

The world of nursing and healthcare is ever changing. The levels of diversity continue to grow. As diversity grows, so should our knowledge base and our willingness to learn and appreciate the beliefs of different cultures. As we have our own values and beliefs, we must be mindful of the values and beliefs of our patients. A large part of nursing entails education – not just education that we can provide to our patients, but more importantly, the education we obtain for ourselves.


Week 11 lesson: Cultural competency. (2020). Denver College of Nursing. Retrieved from



POST 2 (Tina)

Appreciation and Tolerance

Nursing Practice Experience and Witness Tolerance in Patient Care Situation

          As per my nursing practice, tolerance related to patient care is essential. Tolerance is an acceptance of an individual attitude. A nurse needs to tolerate the intense attitude of the patient. A patient can show variation in behavior because of illness. Extreme mood swings are common in patients (Gebert, Buengeler & Heinitz, 2017). For that reason, it is essential in the nursing practice to develop tolerance to treat the patients in an effectual way.

Nursing Practice Experience and Witness Appreciation in Patient Care Situation

          My nursing practice is quite useful because it trains me to get appreciation by giving proper care. The appreciation of a patient care situation is extremely valuable. It not only makes a patient feeling better but a patient shows improvement in the recovery (Ghadampour, Karami & Khodarahimi, 2020). The appreciation of patients is only possible when effective care is delivered.

Similarities and Differences between Tolerance and Appreciation

           The difference between tolerance and appreciation is very clear. Tolerance is an ability to stay calm and composed under the annoying situation. In contrast, appreciation is encouraging someone through positive remarks or helpful attitude. The similarity of intolerance and appreciation is in a way that both elements are interrelated. If a nurse shows tolerance towards patient attitude then, as a result, a patient is thankful and appreciative to tolerate him/her with great care.

Possible Lifelong Learning Opportunities

The nursing practice allows me to understand and experience both types of behaviors that include appreciation and tolerance. A nursing practice reveals that it is not an easy job to take care of patents. There is proper training required to facilitate patients with the patient.



Gebert, D., Buengeler, C., & Heinitz, K. (2017). Tolerance: a neglected dimension in diversity training?. Academy of Management Learning & Education16(3), 415-438.

Ghadampour, E., Karami, A., & Khodarahimi, S. (2020). The Comparison of Spiritual Well-Being, Tolerance of Ambiguity and Happiness in the Elderly Living in the Home and the Nursing Home. Medical Ethics Journal13(44), 1-13.